Frederick Police Officer Leaving To Become Chief In NC Town

Lt. Pennington will start on Tues., Jan 2nd.



Matthews, NC (KM) Frederick Police Lieutenant Clark Pennington is moving on. He was recently named the chief of police for the town of Matthews, North Carolina. He starts his new job on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.

Pennington has spent nearly 20-years with the Frederick Police Department, including 10 years as a commander.

“Clark’s credentials and experience were just what we were looking for in our next chief,” said Hazen Blodgett, Matthews’ Town Manager, in a statement. “We are excited to welcome Clark to Matthews and are looking forward to the great leadership he will bring to the Department.”

Pennington began working for the Frederick Police Department in 1998 following his service in the US Army. He has been Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Operations Division, Special Response Team and the Crisis Negotiation Commander, according to the Town of Matthews News Release. He also served as the Public Information Officer for the Frederick Police Department.

During his time in Frederick, Pennington graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a degree in Criminal Justice, and earned a Master’s Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University. He’s also an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Hood College, Mount Saint Mary’s University and Frederick Community College.

“Being chosen as the new chief for the Matthews Police Department is the high point in my career,” says Pennington, in a statement. “I am honored by the confidence the town leadership has placed in me. I plan to continue the standards recognized in professional law enforcement organizations and lead this agency based on trust and integrity–the Matthews Police Department will be a department that partners with its community to provide a safe environment for all its residents and visitors.”
By Kevin McManus